Man killed in ‘row’ at holiday park pictured after six arrested on suspicion of murder

A man who died at a holiday park after an apparent row at a bar has been named locally as Michael McDonagh.

Officers descended on Parkdean Resorts in Camber Sands, Sussex, in the early hours of Saturday morning, where the 58-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight.

It is understood he got into an argument in The Showbar at the site at the end of the Crystal Palace and Arsenal match which opened the Premier League season.

Devastated friends have paid tribute to Mr McDonagh on social media.

One pal wrote: “Big shock, bigger loss for family and friends. RIP our old friend Michael McDonagh.”

Another said: Rest easy my big uncal [sic] Michael the 1 and only populars Michael Mc Donagh our legend.”

“R.I.P thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends Amen,” a third person said.

Sussex Police said: “Police have arrested six people on suspicion of murder following the death of a man at a holiday park in Lydd Road, Camber Sands, in the early hours of Saturday morning (August 6).

“Emergency services were called at around 10.50pm on Friday (August 5) to reports of an altercation involving a group of people.

“Despite the best efforts of paramedics, a 58-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight. His next of kin have been informed.

“Six people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody at this time.”

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “Our investigation is at a very early stage, but I would like to reassure the public that this appears to be an isolated incident with no wider risk of harm.

“Officers are now working to establish the full circumstances while the victim’s next of kin are supported by specialist officers.”

Parkdean Resorts is understood to have sent a message to guests informing them that a “serious incident” had taken place.

It has reportedly offered £100 compensation to anyone who has had activities cancelled due to the incident.

A spokesperson for Camber Sands holiday park, said: “On the evening of Friday 5 August a serious incident occurred within our complex area.

“As this is a live police investigation we cannot comment further, but our team is doing everything they can to assist enquiries.”